On July 2nd, just over 6 months after the historic Paris climate agreement was made, the Swedish government decided to allow the sale of Vattenfall’s coal to Czech hedge fund EPH. This decision breaks the commitments Sweden made in Paris and will result in the burning of vast amounts of coal, equivalent to at least 24x the country’s annual carbon emissions (learn more).
It’s clearer than ever — to prevent the climate crisis we need to organise, act together and escalate our actions.
Let your friends know you have taken this pledge. Share on your social media about why this matters to you. Reach out to your friends, neighbors, family and explain why this matters to you and how they can join. #keepitintheground
And of course there’s more you can do! In the context of the Swedish decision to approve the sale of Vattenfall’s coal, we’d like to give you our view of where this movement might be going. We need everyone to be informed and engaged and so we’ve listed just a few of the ways in which we can keep the pressure on in coming months.
Lignite mining is still ongoing right now in Germany. The world’s largest industrial diggers continue to gouge out the earth to extract the dirtiest form of fossil fuel. But resistance is fertile, especially since the huge Ende Gelände action in May where over 4000 people came from all across Europe to demonstrate that people power can shut down these operations.
On August 19-29 there was another action camp at Klimacamp in the Rhineland, exploring the future of coal resistance – find out how to get involved here.
The Swedish government just failed to take responsibility for some huge lignite mines, but there are also countless public institutions that invest in these kind of projects. It’s time for cities, universities and pension funds to stop investing in the climate change and exploitation that follows in the footsteps of this industry. It’s time to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in the solutions.
Thousands of divestment campaigns have spread rapidly across the world, achieving huge successes in a short timeframe. In recent weeks and months 5 European capitals have committed to divest from oil, coal and gas companies: Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin and Oslo.
We must keep up the financial and social pressure on the fossil fuel industry from all sides – so get involved by asking your city, your university, your faith group, your pension fund etc to withdraw their support from this industry.
–> Sign up at gofossilfree.org/europe
As a result of the campaigning to stop Vattenfall’s sale of its German lignite our movement is now stronger than ever – we’ve learnt new tactics, we’ve grown in confidence and in numbers. Together over the coming months and years we can can stand up together to all sorts of other controversial projects and government decisions that take us further away from tackling climate change. Through our words and deeds let’s keep building the strength of our movement, and ensure that keeping fossil fuels in the ground becomes the norm.
An example of a protest that took place in Stockholm against the fossil fuel industry and infrastructure that’s incompatible with stopping climate change is Vägs Ände and another project to stop the sale is the court case Magnoliamålet where people are suing the Swedish state. Join in or organise your own protests!
Olivia Linander, Swedish campaigner at 350.org
But the movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground is growing in strength and determination…
Take the pledge with us – we will do what it takes to #keepitintheground.